March 26, 2013
I headed over the bridge and had to keep stopping and scooting out of the way of the leaders who were on their way back over the bridge heading to the finish line. Their encouraging words kept me going. It was a wonderful little run/walk through downtown Albany. At about mile 1.5 I caught up with the back of the pack and started passing people I knew. Their cheers gave me the strength to keep going. A few more twists and turns and I was heading back over the bridge. Now I was the one trying to get past people.
Then to my surprise a bicycle came by on my left, opening the way for the leader of the 10-mile race! As I approached the finish line, I had an overwhelming sense of relief and accomplishment! I had finished my first race since October of 2012. And less that 3 minutes from my PR!